PhD student on “Experimental soft matter”

PhD student on “Experimental soft matter”

Published Deadline Location
8 Nov 17 Dec Eindhoven

Job description

The Processing and Performance group of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is looking for a PhD student to conduct research on soft multiphase materials, such as foams and emulsions, specifically focusing on experimentally studying the dynamics of thin liquid films using novel microfluidic techniques, tensiometry, and interfacial rheometry.

Job Description

Surface-active species, including synthetic copolymers and proteins, play a crucial role in the makeup of multiphase soft materials (foams, emulsions and polymer blends). These materials find diverse applications in the environmental, biomedical, food, and energy sectors. The stability and rheological behavior of these materials are intricately linked to the behavior of the thin liquid films (TLFs) that separate the dispersed droplets or bubbles.

In this research endeavor, the student will explore free-standing films stabilized by precisely defined macromolecules and well-characterized novel-sourced proteins. They will employ cutting-edge techniques, such as the dynamic thin film balance (DTFB), interfacial and bulk rheometry, and tensiometry. The investigations will delve into understanding how microscopic processes, such as film drainage and rupture, are influenced by the molecular characteristics of the adsorbing substances and the rheological properties of the corresponding interfaces. While the project primarily focuses on fundamental aspects, the knowledge gained will eventually provide valuable insights for engineering multiphase soft materials, offering clear guidelines for the development of novel formulations.

Related publications:

Chatzigiannakis, E., & Vermant, J. (2020). Breakup of thin liquid films: From stochastic to deterministic. Physical review letters, 125(15), 158001.

Chatzigiannakis, E., Jaensson, N., & Vermant, J. (2021). Thin liquid films: Where hydrodynamics, capillarity, surface stresses and intermolecular forces meet. Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science, 53, 101441.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in Chemical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, or similar.
  • Experience is experimental soft matter and/or rheology is considered a plus.
  • A research-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and interested in collaborating with external academic and industrial partners.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (C1 level).

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Additional information

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact the hiring manager Dr. Manolis Chatzigiannakis, e.c.chatzigiannakis[at]

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact the HR Services, HRServices.Gemini[at]

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button. The application should include a:
  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of two referees.
  • Transcripts of BSc and MSc degrees (with grades).

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V35.7069


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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Make sure to apply no later than 17 Dec 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).